|“||He’d never found it easy, but it was harder than ever, now he was chief. Strange, how it’s that much easier to kill folk when you’ve got someone telling you to do it.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Dogman approaches three men standing guard the Northern port of Uffrith1. Feigning a limp, he offers a drink to each of them and commiserates on their lot in life, left behind while Bethod make war in the south. They trade news of the death of Rudd Threetrees, rumours that the Dogman is now chief of the rebel Northmen2, and wild speculation that the Bloody-Nine is fighting with The Union. With some regret, he pulls a knife and kills the nearest man, as Black Dow and Harding Grim take the others.
With the guards dead, Dogman signals across the water and soon boats of Carls arrive led by Shivers.3 Dogman sends groups of men to their assigned task. With the main gate and other objectives secured, Dogman rings the town’s bell, calling the citizens to gather. Rather than butcher them, he disarms them and sends them back to their homes. He promises the headman Brass to spare the women from Dow’s advances.4 Uffrith is now under Union control.
|Red Hat||Black Dow||Rudd Threetrees|
|Harding Grim||Logen Ninefingers|
|Tul Duru Thunderhead|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Uffrith||The North||First Northern War||Northmen||The Union|
- Rudd Threetrees was once the chief of the town of Uffrith, The Rock of Uffrith.
- It's interesting to hear other people's perspective of The Dogman. He thinks he's the coward of the crew since Forley died and not a big enough Name to be chief. While others consider him a Name to be feared; ‘Mean bastard’ and ‘Huge’ and someone who ‘bit some woman’s teats off’.
- Caul Shivers almost pays the price for this raid in Best Served Cold.
- Black Dow seems more talkative and extroverted in this chapter, almost like he's testing his new chief's limits.